Characteristics of statically indeterminate symmetric flexure structures

Yan Ding Qin, Yue Yang Shi, Bijan Shirinzadeh, Yan Ling Tian, Da Wei Zhang

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Statically indeterminate symmetric (SIS) flexure structures are symmetric structures with “clamped-clamped” boundary conditions. The static indeterminacy and topological symmetry significantly attenuate the parasitic motions associated with statically determinate flexure structures. Hence, SIS flexure structures feature decoupled linear and angular motions, improved motion accuracy, high stiffness, and high stability. Although SIS flexure structures have been more frequently utilized as prismatic joints, they can also be utilized as revolute joints. This study systematically investigates the characteristics of SIS flexure structures. Based on the unified compliance models of a single flexure hinge, analytical compliance models of two fundamental types of SIS flexure structures are established. In 1-degree-of-freedom or planar applications, multiple SIS-based structures can also be integrated into various configurations to transmit linear or angular motions. Corresponding stiffness models are also established. The characteristics and possible applications of the SIS flexure structures are computationally investigated through case studies. Ultimately, several SIS prototypes are manufactured, and the modeling accuracy of the established stiffness models is experimentally verified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Number of pages14
JournalNanomanufacturing and Metrology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2023


  • Compliance modeling
  • Flexure hinge
  • Prismatic joint
  • Statically indeterminate structure

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